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Single handed yachtsman rescued by Dungeness lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 5 September at 11.02pm the UK Coastguard tasked the lifeboat to locate a lone yachtsman who had used his mobile phone to contact them saying his vessel had engine failure, he was lost and suffering from fatigue.

Once the RNLI lifeboat was launched, Coxswain Stuart Adams in command of the Shannon class lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew quickly located the casualty, six miles south of Rye Harbour and put a crew member on board to assess the situation.

After making sure the lone sailor was well and in a more comfortable situation, the RNLI volunteer on board the casualty established a towing point to enable the lifeboat to safely tow the vessel to Dover Harbour.

The lifeboat departed Dover at 3.34am and returned to station, refuelled and was made ready for service.

Coxswain Adams said ‘the RNLI’s community safety teams always recommend any vessel going to sea should have a VHF radio on board’

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